created & performed by: Elpida Orfanidou, Hermann Heisig
Music/Dramaturgy: Gerald Kurdian
Lighting Design:: Sandra Blatterer
Installation: Jaka Plesec
Production Management: Susanne Ogan
Production: supported by the Cultural Foundation of the free state of Saxony, Student Centre Zagreb & TD Theatre Culture of Change, Goethe Institut Zagreb, Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, TanzWerkstatt Berlin, Schaubühne Lindenfels Leipzig and fabrik potsdam in the frame of the artistin-Reside-nce programme
Duration: 55 min
Premiere: Teatar & TD, Student Centre Zagreb, October 2011/ further performances in Leipzig, Bratislava, Potsdam, Köln and Berlin
In „united states“ Elpida Orfanidou and Hermann Heisig embark on an absurd journey. Mixing various, sometimescontradictory physical and mental states, they evoke "bastard states", hybrid images of the body. Emotionally loaded gestures turn into abstract movements, abstract movements suddenly deve-op an expressive life on its own. In what way a naive face expression can influence the feet? How does a repetitive movement of the fingers transform into the ears, or a diabolic state from the eyes into the hands?
Searching the Poetics of a monstrous body, "united states" creates an atmosphere in between uncanniness and absurd comedy. Seemingly familiar body ima-ges, movements or characters turn into mysteriosity or non sense. Like this "united states"questions contradictions such as in between seriousness and humor, the analytical and the intuitive, express-vity and "neutrality" and puts them together in new ways.